Bake The Cake

14 For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth.’ ~ 1 Kings 17:14

As Elijah the Tishbite was walking through the gate of Zarephath, he saw a widow gathering sticks to go back home and cook her last meal; the famine was that severe. In fact, the famine was so severe that she believed that after cooking and eating the handful of flour that she had, she and her son would lie down and die from starvation. There was no hope.

There was absolutely nothing left for her and her son to eat.

All that the widow had left was a hand full of flour, a little oil, and a little water, nothing else. But Elijah said, make something for me first, and this is what will happen. You will have enough to eat for the rest of the famine.

This was a bold request, backed by an even bolder promise. It might not seem like much, but when you consider that Elijah was asking for her to be all in, I mean there would be nothing left to go around if she complied with the request, then you would understand that it was a great leap of faith on the part of the widow.

It was a matter of trust. She had to have faith in both Elijah, the servant of the LORD -the God of Israel- that he was telling the truth, and the LORD God Himself to do as He said He would do.

It was so much faith coupled with so much obedience that Jesus used her as an example of faith. Faith isn’t something that we’re born with. It’s not natural for us. It’s something we have to plant and grow. Spending time in the Word and in prayer is like watering that seed of faith and giving it sunlight. Sometimes planting that seed of faith is going to take giving up what you feel is your last hope so that God can show you that there is no such thing as hopeless with Him.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Bake The Cake.

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